October 2, 2012
SUCH A SOFTIE (ON TERRORISM, THAT IS): Retired Navy commander J.D. Gordon has a great op-ed n the Washington Times discussing the Obama Administration’s decision to release from Gitmo Canadian terrorist Omar Khadr back to Canada. Khadr was almost 16 years old when he threw a grenade that killed Army Sargeant Christopher Speer. Khadr pleaded guilty of war crimes and received an eight-year sentence. He’ll be eligible for parole next year.
As Gordon points out, Khadr is no ordinary Gitmo terrorist:
The latest detainee to leave, Mr. Khadr, is a Canadian citizen of Egyptian-Palestinian descent who hails from Canada’s notorious “first family of terrorism.”
His father, Ahmed Khadr, was one of Osama Bin Laden’s top financiers in Afghanistan and Pakistan, using a network of boys’ orphanages as a charity front. His brothers and sisters also grew up into al Qaeda, raised with bin Laden’s kids at an ultra-secure terrorist compound outside Kandahar prior to Sept. 11.